Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:22 UTC
Legal As we say in Dutch, de kogel is door de kerk: Think Secret will cease all activities after reaching a settlement with Apple in a lawsuit Apple had filed against the website. In exchange for closing down Think Secret, Nick DePlume, its owner, will not have to reveal its sources to Apple. The press release on the Think Secret website reads: "Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published." My take: I have respect for the way DePlume protected his sources; very commendable. I have, however, little respect for Apple in this case (I have written, rather controversially, about it before), and it just scares the living daylights out of me that a company can exert this much power over independent websites.
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I think the problem was...
by thavith_osn on Thu 20th Dec 2007 11:35 UTC
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From my understanding of the case, the problem was that people were violating agreements with Apple and giving out information that they agreed they would not.

I am guessing Think Secret didn't enter into those agreements, but some of their sources obviously did. Personally, I don't think Think Secret should be publishing that information (no matter how much I for one would read it). How much do we like it when someone spreads secrets we trusted them with.

Whether we agree with the way Apple keeps secrets is not the question here, it's violating agreements that Apple would have a problem with. I guess if Apple knew where the leaks were coming from and it was an inside job, then it could deal with them and not have to bother sites out there.

I believe Apple is reasonably smart as a company and would have weighed up the free publicity from sites like this versus loss of revenue due to holding off purchase based on rumors.

But hey, I could be wrong and Apple just want to shut down sites willy nilly for the complete fun of it and the bad press that follows...

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